Milan Design Week 2016: Nike’s The Nature of Motion Exhibition

A provocative exhibition on the human body and the way materials impact us all

An early standout at this year’s Milan Design Week, Nike’s “The Future of Motion” exhibition showcases some eye-popping works from 10 contemporary artists and designers. The display, which crosses multiple media and sensory experiences, tackles many concepts within form and function (how it applies to Nike’s designs and beyond) and even utilizes some of their proprietary materials, like Flyknit. Motion, of course, is the through-line, …

Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

Forging unique definitions through innovative design

The work of designers is rooted in shape, form and color—qualities attributed to external appearance—yet many shy away from consciously acknowledging the notion of beauty. Opening today, “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” (taking over two floors of NYC’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum) is brave enough to attempt navigating the concept. Works from 63 international designers in a range of fields—each armed with their unique perspective …

2015 Pick Me Up Festival, London

From dinosaur sculptures to illustrations of intimidating women, the sixth annual graphic arts event highlights emerging artists

This year’s edition of excellent London graphic design festival Pick Me Up had a slightly more commercial feel than last year’s, with a number of the upstairs studios and galleries offering multiple products beyond prints, and retailer Lazy Oaf showcasing its new collection. As the 12-day festival gets underway, we spoke with co-curator Karishma Rafferty to get the lowdown on this year’s program, and chose …